Eighty-eight percent of consumers in the United States are willing to pay more for healthier food choices. However, forty-five million Americans are currently on food stamps. That’s fourteen percent of Americans. Hmm, what do you think the chances are that the twelve percent of Americans unwilling to pay more for healthy foods fall into the segment of the population that relies on Food Stamps to survive?

Okay, I hear ya, enough with the numbers! But the point I wanted to make was that there’s a significant chunk of the population that both wants to eat healthier, but can’t afford to stretch their dollars any further to find healthier food choice . So what are these families to do if they want to eat healthier on a budget?

1. Take Advantage of Generic Brands

If you travel the aisles at your local supermarket, chances are you’ll find generic brands that don’t advertise their products. Some of these are owned by the grocery stores themselves, while other simply pass on the savings of not advertising directly to consumers. In the healthy foods space, organic generic brands are popping up left and right. Look for the cheaper, organic products next to your name brand health foods and enjoy the savings without sacrificing health.

2. Fresh Produce can be Cost Effective I have yet to meet anyone that blew their food budget by purchasing fresh produce. If you’re willing to eat non-organic produce , you can actually complete an entire meal for much less than processed foods that have significant amounts of salt and other unhealthy preservatives.

3. Take Advantage of Members Only Clubs

Warehouse clubs, like Costco or Sam’s Club, can save you and your family a ton of money over the course of a year. Many warehouse clubs can be joined for less than $50, and the produce at member’s only clubs can be significantly cheaper than traditional grocery stores.

4. Live off the Land

In some cases, growing your own produce can be cheaper than purchasing produce and other fresh items at a retailer. For example, a single tomato plant seed can cost less than 10 cents, and produce 3 pounds of fresh tomatoes. Not only will the produce you grow be less expensive to acquire, but it will also taste fresher as it’s consumed shortly after being picked.

If you’re going to go the route of purchasing and harvesting seeds, then picking your own fresh produce, be careful about what you consume from your garden. There are some foods to never eat, even if you’ve grown them yourself.

5. Limit the Use of Harsh Chemicals in the Household

One thing that many consumers fail to realize is that food, especially fresh produce, can be contaminated once it reaches your home. Using harsh, hazardous chemicals in the same area where you prepare healthy meals can shoot yourself in the foot. Don’t fail to eat healthy by contaminating your own food!

Spend less on harsh cleaners and use natural cleaners, while eating healthier to maximize your healthy future!

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